Bloody and brutal, the Crusades were meant to be the religious wars to end all others. Except they didn't and, in modern times, their history has been hijacked by politics and religious fervour, with both Muslim and Western worlds misunderstanding the truth. This series sets out to shed new light on these legendary wars and re-analyse the romanticised, idealised history to find out what really happened eight centuries ago, through detailed archaeology and fresh scrutiny of ancient sites and long discarded eyewitness testimony. Presented by Tom Asbridge. 3 episodes.
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